Made With Love… Valentine’s Day Treats!

Happy almost Valentine’s Day!!  And if you’re single – Happy Single’s Awareness Day!!  I’ll be out of town this Valentine’s Day, so I’ve had to do it a little earlier this year, and I thought it would be fun to put together some recipes that you and your sweetie might enjoy this lovey-dovey day.  And if you don’t have a sweetheart this year, then do yourself a favor and make one or all of these this V-day!  One of my friends tried a bite of one these and she took a bite and said -“It tastes like LOVE!”  I try to cook with a lot of that.  🙂  Hope you like these!

Strawberries and Cream Paleo “Oatmeal”  

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This was a very surprising and delish little dish!  All natural, no oats or sugar, and pretty rockin’!  I found this recipe on Greatist.com, so check it out!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • A splash of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons canned coconut milk – I used 2Tbs of canned coconut cream and 1 Tbs coconut milk (not canned)
  • 6-8 fresh strawberries, sliced
  • A few squirts of honey

Instructions:

  1. Mash the banana, eggs, and most of the strawberries in a bowl
  2. Mix coconut cream and milk, cinnamon, and vanilla into mixture
  3. Heat skillet on medium and grease with 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  4. Pour mixture into skillet
  5. Cook like scrambled eggs
  6. Top with more coconut milk if you want, strawberries, and butter (optional)

Raspberry and Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins

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You might not be able to see, but these are actually shaped like hearts!  I have a better picture of the bottoms of them, but the white chocolate and raspberries look so pretty!!  You can find heart shaped muffin tins just about anywhere – Michaels is always a great place to start, but even Kroger will have them sometimes.  Just think of all of the heart shaped things you can make!!

I found this recipe on the blog Writing in White, and made a couple of adaptations.  I might have eaten 5 or 6 of these today.  Oops.  I did share though.  🙂

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal, 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/4-1/3 cup of honey depending on how sweet you want it
  • White chocolate chips (optional)

Wet Ingredients

  • 2/3 Cup Raspberries  – can be frozen
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/3 Cup Almond or Coconut Milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, making sure no lumps remain. In a separate bowl, whisk together Eggs and Milk. Using a fork, stir the wet mixture into the dry, then fold in your Raspberries (don’t defrost if using frozen). Divide the mixture into greased or lined muffin cups. This should make approx. 8 muffins, but pour to your desired height (I like to make fewer, larger muffins, so I fill mine about 90% to the top). Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden. Remove and allow to cool a bit before digging in!

Chocolate-Chip Stuffed Raspberries

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This is as simple as it comes.  I saw this on Pinterest and immediately though – I have to try this. All you do is take some raspberries and chocolate chips and marry them together, and you have a wonderful little sweet, healthy treat!  Just make sure you use good chocolate!  Pretty and pretty easy – a perfect Valentine’s treat.

Strawberry Swirl Paleo Brownies 

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I found the inspiration for these ah-mazing brownies on one of my favorite healthy blogs – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.  I made a couple of adaptations and used strawberries instead of raspberries, but I don’t think you could go wrong with either.

Dry Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup almond meal
  2. 1/4 cup gluten free flour
  3. 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp good quality cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/8 tsp sea salt
  6. 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips/chocolate chunks
Wet Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 2 tbsp almond butter
  3. 3 tbsp raw honey
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1/3 cup almond milk
Creamy Raspberry Swirl
  1. 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s canned coconut cream
  2. 1/2 cup strawberries
  3. Additional 1/2 cup strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line a baking dish (9×12) with parchment paper or grease your baking dish
  3. In a mixing bowl sift together dry ingredients, except for the chocolate chips
  4. Add in wet ingredients and mix until combined
  5. Pour into baking dish and set aside
  6. In your blender or food processor add 1/2 cup berries to your coconut cream and blend until smooth
  7. Place a few dollops into your brownie batter and swirl with a fork or a tooth pick
  8. In a small bowl, smash the remaining strawberries with a fork until blended together
  9. Swirl the smashed berry mixture into the brownies as well
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

 Red Velvet Smoothie

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My absolute favorite thing on the earth is a rich, red velvet cupcake or cake or ice-cream or pretty much anything that’s red velvety.  As I was prepping this blog – HOW could I leave out something red velvet for V-day?  It just can’t be done.  So, I found this recipe on Gluten Free Gigi and couldn’t quit this amazing protein smoothie.  It looks brown in my picture, but it’s not – it’s reddish.  You can add more strawberries and less cocoa powder if you want to make it redder!

Ingredients
  • ½ cup milk – I used vanilla coconut milk
  • 6 medium fresh or frozen strawberries*, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons protein powder – I use Dymatize ISO-100 protein birthday cake (SO GOOD!!)
  • 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • 2 ice cubes
Directions
  1. Place ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour up and serve immediately.

 Banana (Chocolate Chip) Cake With Chocolate Ganache

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I had someone order some cupcakes this weekend, so I had some ganache leftover…  well, that stuff is just too good to throw away, so I had to figure something else out to use it with, and of course – I had some mushy bananas laying around, so I found this recipe on Bakerita and made a couple of changes based on what I had, and then of course the ganache.  Like, whoa.  So good!  Find some bananas to mush and make this one!!

Ingredients
For the cake
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup of Trader Joe’s gluten free flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • ¼ cup OR WAY MORE chocolate chips
Ganache
  • 1 can of Trader Joe’s coconut cream
  • 2/3 cup of chocolate chips melted
For the Ganache
Prep your ganache ahead of time.  Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a light head in a
saucepan.  Once the chocolate is melted, add the coconut cream and blend in a blender.  Let sit
until set.
For the cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8″ round baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, honey, eggs, milk, mashed bananas, and vanilla.
  3. Stir in the almond meal, coconut flour, gluten free flour, salt, and baking soda. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Let the cake cool. Top with ganache.

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Check out a couple other recipes on my blog that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day treats
too!  Links are below the pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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